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The Case of Replacement Glass for Antique Bookcase

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Hi Glass Detective,

I have a large three-door antique bookcase with glass panels in each door. I am concerned that my grand kids could be injured if they were to break the glass. What are your recommendations for replacement glass for an antique bookcase?

Thanks, Charles


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Dear Charles,

I appreciate your concerns for your grandchildren’s safety. I have nine of my own. The glass in your cabinet could be replaced with either tempered safety glass or laminated safety glass. If you have any problem finding a source for this, re-contact us and we can recommend a reputable glass shop to you for bookcase replacement glass.

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